The Mitford Affair

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5.51 X 8.19 X 1.18 inches | 0.84 pounds

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About the Author
Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years of experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms. She found her calling unearthing the hidden historical stories of women. Her mission is to excavate from the past the most important, complex, and fascinating women of history and bring them into the light of present day where readers can finally perceive the breadth of their contributions as well as the insights they bring to modern day issues. Marie is the author of many books for adults including the New York Times bestseller The First Ladies. The Secrets of Lovelace Academy, written with Courtney Sheinmel, is her first book for kids. Visit her online at
"An in-depth exploration of the complications and bonds of sisterhood. Benedict perfectly captures the anxiety and uncertainty of England's interwar years and serves as a timely reminder of the dangers of enigmatic autocrats. Fast-paced and eye-opening." -- Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Magnolia Palace
"In her latest book The Mitford Affair, Benedict plunges readers into a world of glamorous, charismatic young British debutantes and then turns that shiny world on its head. I was blown away--learning this true story of the Mitford sisters and the roles they played for and against the Nazis was nothing short of astonishing. Benedict delivers with all that readers have come to love and expect from her: nuance, elan, and the most delicious storytelling." -- Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post
"Benedict unflinchingly peels away the giddy facade, revealing the tragedy beneath the one-liners in this close look at the Mitfords' darkest hour: the family's embrace of fascism and flirtation with treason in the face of World War II." -- Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author
"Timely and suspenseful, The Mitford Affair is an immersive, spellbinding novel that illuminates the terrible allure fascism holds for some, as well as the courage and moral clarity that enable others to resist even when beloved friends and family succumb." -- Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times bestselling author of Resistance Women
"Marie Benedict brings to life a dark chapter of World War II. Through grit and perseverance, three sisters - each more dazzling and intelligent than the last - work their way into the highest echelons of power. What happens when one no longer recognizes the siblings she was raised with? When caring turns to callousness? When love turns to rivalry? When the only choice is willful blindness or whistleblowing? One woman must decide whether to betray her sister or her country in this meticulously researched page-turner. Masterful." -- Janet Skeslien Charles, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Library
"A striking novel... The saga of the Mitfords is one of the most gripping subplots of the Second World War." -- The Globe & Mail
"Truth, it's often said, is stranger than fiction. The Mitford Sisters could put that idea to the test...this new novel by Marie Benedict takes one of the most fraught moments in the family's history and uses it as the basis for a fun, compelling, and deliciously mannered saga. It might not be actual history, but we certainly don't mind." -- Town & Country
"Benedicts turns [The Mitfords'] remarkable story into made-for-Masterpiece historical fiction...just try to stop reading." -- Booklist
"Captures the mood of a certain element of upper-class England in the years leading up to World War II. Appearances by historical figures like Winston Churchill and Evelyn Waugh round out the story. Fans of World War II historical fiction will be fascinated." -- Library Journal
"This engaging tale of genteel spies shifts easily between the sisters' perspectives and provides timely insight...Benedict's silky-smooth page-turner is sure to please her fans." -- Publishers Weekly